Pearson Congratulates Socorro Independent School District as Finalist for Prestigious Broad Prize

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Prize honors districts making the greatest progress in student achievement

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The Socorro Independent School District in Texas earned a spot as one of five finalists for the 2010 Broad Prize for Urban Education, an annual $2 million award honoring districts that demonstrate the best student performance while reducing achievement gaps. The announcement drew praise from officials at Pearson, the global leader in education and education technology.

"The Socorro Independent School District is being recognized on a national level for showcasing the incredible learning that can happen when a district unwaveringly sticks to its high standards for student achievement," said Raymond Ward, Pearson's vice president for Texas. "The people of Socorro should be proud of their teachers and students, and we congratulate them on this impressive accomplishment."

The winner of The Broad Prize, to be announced Oct. 19, will receive $1 million in college scholarships for high school seniors graduating in 2011. The four other districts     will each receive $250,000 in college scholarships. Having been named as a finalist, Socorro ISD is guaranteed a minimum of $250,000 in college scholarships for its students.

Among the reasons that Socorro was chosen as a 2010 Broad Prize finalist:

  • In 2009, Socorro outperformed other Texas districts that serve students with similar family income levels in reading and math at all school levels (elementary, middle, high school), according to The Broad Prize methodology.
  • In recent years, Socorro narrowed achievement gaps between its Hispanic students and the state's white students and between its low-income students and the state's non-low-income students in math at all school levels. For example, from 2008 to 2009, Socorro narrowed the gap between its low-income students and the state's non-low-income students in high school math by 4 percentage points.
  • Between 2006 and 2009, SAT participation rates for Hispanic high school seniors increased an average of 4 percentage points per year.
  • In 2009, 100 percent of schools in Socorro met AYP, compared with 81 percent of schools in Texas.

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